Pain on the inside of the elbow made worse with gripping is generally due to a condition called golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylosis. Golfer’s elbow results from tearing of the tendon attachment (the connection between the tendon and the bone). Most cases are due to a combination of degeneration of the tendon and overuse. You can be at risk from golf as well as tennis and weight lifting.
The most important treatment we recommend is simply to stop the activity, although stretching excercises, therapy and steroid injections can sometimes help this condition. For those who are not improved by these measures, surgical removal of the torn portion of the tendon and reattachment is sometimes recommended. Recovery can take 6-12 weeks after surgery.